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Dr. A .J. Williams-Myers

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Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers, author of A Lamentations The New York City African Burial Grounds article in the ENY Spring 2018 volume is a member of Christ Church, Poughkeepsie.  He  is a Professor Emeritus of Black Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He holds a Ph.D. in African History from UCLA. Dr. Williams-Myers is the former director of the New York African American Institute, a member of the New York State Freedom Trail Commission and historian for the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center in New York City.  He is a well-published historian whose work includes books, articles, essays, and surveys. His publications include:

  • Destructive Impulses: An Examination of an American Secret in Race Relations
  • Long Hammering: Essays on the Forging of an African American Presence in the Hudson Valley to the Early 20th Century
  • On the Morning Tide: African Americans, History, and Methodology in the Historical Ebb and Flow of Hudson River Society
  • Guide to the Survey of Historic Resources Associated with African Americans in New York State (1997)
  • New York City, African Americans and Selective Memory: An Historiographical Assessment of Black Presence Before 1877[Published Summer 2019][Published Winter 2020]


Dr. A. J. Williams-myers